Encephalitis is a disease primarily infecting birds, but can also be transmitted through mosquitos to horses. Nearly 90 percent of horses infected will die from the disease.
Lauri Lauder says she's taking extra measures to protect her horses from being next.
"I have raised horses and we have always taken preventative medication twice a year, in April and in October to prevent encephalitis," Lauri said.
Atkinson, Bryan, Clinch, Mitchell and Tift Counties have now reported animals ill with the disease. For vaccination information in your area, health officials urge you to contact your local veterinarian.
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